Government employee union president: “God help us all” if the GOP wins

posted at 12:01 pm on February 9, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

There’s been some buzz lately about Bernie Sanders scooping up some union endorsements from the Super PACs that Democrats like. But don’t let that fool you. There are still plenty of union bosses firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner and some of them seem to be approaching the point of panic as Sanders surges and the former Secretary of State’s legal problems loom larger. The unions for federal government workers are squarely in the latter camp and the president of one of the largest is rallying the troops with predictions of a coming apocalypse if they fail in their mission. (Government Executive)

For J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the stakes could not be higher this year, however.

“God help us all,” Cox told reporters on Monday of the possibility of a Republican winning the White House to succeed President Obama. “This country will be in a serious, serious situation.”

[…]

“There is not a Republican candidate that’s running that hasn’t said they would annihilate federal employee unions and virtually every union in the country,” Cox said.

The firebrand leader cited Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s legislation to ease the firing of employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, Donald Trump’s experience in the private sector and Cruz’s general anti-government rhetoric as evidence of the Republican field’s anti-federal workforce policies.

I must admit, this is some of the best news I’ve seen all week. Cox’s comments on Rubio in particular should be a wake-up call to voters across the country because he’s boldly and openly expressing fear that a new administration might actually make it easier to fire people at the VA who have ripped off the taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars, spent their days downloading porn on their government computers, getting busted for using drugs at the office or just sleeping on the job. This is their major concern, and the people who are actually paying the bills for these dubious services need to be made aware of it. (The “people” in question here are everyone who pays taxes in the United States.)

But if that’s not enough, these federal workers unions have some other items on the agenda which they want to make sure the Democrats come through on. In addition to seeing Cox delivering his remarks on not letting anyone be fired, he told another group that he was aghast at the thought that federal workers might not get a big enough raise this year. And he found a lot of support from Democrats.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., promised to join the American Federation of Government Employees in opening “a can of whoop ass” on Capitol Hill to ward off any perceived injustice against the federal workforce. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., joined Takano at the labor group’s annual legislative conference, giving a passionate plea for federal employees to keep their spirits high.

“I have come here to encourage you not to give up,” Cummings said in a largely off-the-cuff address. “You are some of the most important people in the world.”

[…]

AFGE National President J. David Cox renounced President Obama’s proposed 1.6 percent pay raise for 2017, calling instead for a 5.3 percent increase.

“I’m a happy, jolly man,” Cox said as to why he is hoping for the largest civilian pay raise in more than three decades. “We may not get 5.3 [percent], I’ll be perfectly honest,” he said, “but we’ll be fighting like hell for more than 1.6 [percent].”

Cox is ready to “fight like hell” to make sure that they don’t only get a 1.6% raise because every last one of them has clearly earned a more than 5% bump. The union boss may not be aware of it, but the forecast for pay raises in the private sector is still pretty dismal. While some workers in higher growth sectors might average near 3% raises in 2016, analysts conclude that the majority of workers may once again get nothing at all. And those are for jobs where you actually have to perform well just to stay employed and can be fired on a moment’s notice just for slacking off, to say nothing of robbing your employer (and the nation) blind.

Even if you happen to be a Democrat who is out there working for a living, is this really what you want out of your government? Is it fair that you have to work your butt off to earn, on average, 35 to 78 percent less than somebody doing the same job in the federal government while the candidates you support fight to get them even bigger pay raises? If the federal workers are deathly afraid of a Republican victory based on these reasons, maybe they should be worried.

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To the Government Union

God will not help you.

jake-the-goose on February 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Why are we paying this guy?

kcewa on February 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Hopefully you’ll all be told – “YER FIRED!!!”

dentarthurdent on February 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Like the GOP has EVER cut government in the last 30 years.

Oil Can on February 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Keep spending.

WH projects: Interest on debt to swell to $787 billion in decade

artist on February 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

General election clips are producing themselves.

Rix on February 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Considering our financial situation, the USA is boned regardless of the next president.

Welcome to Greece!

Deafdog on February 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Oil Can on February 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

And they won’t in the next 30, if we last that long.

artist on February 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Well fi you believe in God, then it would be the one that caused the GOP to win in the first place and therefore have a secondary responsibility for what happens to your union.

Zaggs on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Shouldn’t he be saying “Gov. help us,”? The government is his God.

Flange on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Like the GOP has EVER cut government in the last 30 years.

Oil Can on February 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

He probably realized that the GOP may nominate someone who will.

Rix on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

The Union hack is as bloated as the federal budget. There is a special place in hell for bureaucrats who screw their employers (taxpayers).

David in ATL on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

And he’s right!

Mwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Agent Cooper on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Government unions – worst think JFK ever did.

rhombus on February 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM

His God is big government. I pray to God this fat ass loses his job.

DeweyWins on February 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM

We could do without 90% of all federal employees – they have gotten fat & lazy while draining the taxpayers.

Your fired!

redguy on February 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Every single union boss is big and fat with a head like a canned ham.
They represent the gluttony, sloth and greed that are the epitome of union labor.

Buttercup on February 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM

God will not be on his side.

Many of his members will quit, voluntarily, or so the weasels say.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Considering our financial situation, the USA is boned regardless of the next president.

Welcome to Greece!

Deafdog on February 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Sounds like I better retire fast and start collecting before it’s all gone!

rhombus on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM

You may want to check for missing genitalia.

John the Libertarian on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM

It’s past time to decertify and eliminate all public sector unions.

I suspect that this guy’s call for a 5.6% raise as a ‘reward’ for ripping off the taxpayer will go over about as well as the 32% raise ($148K) the NY City Council voted for itself, retroactive to January 1…and some members saying that it needed to be even higher ($175K) in order to support a family of four – when the median income in their district is just $36K / yr.

Athos on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM

This guy’s comments along with the VA disgrace should make a pretty good GOP ad in the general.

butch on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM

NO servant of the people should ever be unionized.

None of them produce any profits and, thus, should Never get any bonuses.

Expose the hackery.

They only exploit the taxpayers.

NO gov’t employee servant should ever be exempt from the laws they push on the people.

This is a big founders’ failing.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2016 at 12:12 PM

we can all dream that he’s right.

but i doubt any one – R or D – will take on the public service union organisation.

status quo

WaldoTJ on February 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM

He meant to say only if Trump wins.

Mr. Arrogant on February 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., promised to join the American Federation of Government Employees in opening “a can of whoop ass” on Capitol Hill to ward off any perceived injustice against the federal workforce.

I believe that’s what we call an oxymoron.

fogw on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

You don’t believe in God, unionista.

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Greatest Trick that Private Sector (and Conservatives that cheer them on) has played on US workers has been to

1) Cut pay for Private Sector employees

2) Point to Public Sector Employees as the ‘bad guy’ because they are still earning a living wage.

It’s disgusting

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Are there any union presidents who aren’t fat slobs?

clearbluesky on February 9, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Are there any union presidents who aren’t fat slobs?

clearbluesky on February 9, 2016 at 12:20 PM

No.

Buttercup on February 9, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Poor dude might have to skip his expensive daily 3-cheese lasagna and get a salad instead, and he’s been working on that turkey neck look for years.

Bishop on February 9, 2016 at 12:23 PM

If the federal workers are deathly afraid of a Republican victory based on these reasons, maybe they should be worried.

It’s worse than that. It’s also an announcement that if a Republican gets elected, a lot of the people who supposedly work to enact his policies will in fact be working hard to undermine his authority and effectiveness.

Leftists were up in arms over the idea that the minority party in Congress would “hope the President fails.” Anybody care to guess what the reaction will be to a majority of the federal workforce actively trying to make sure the President fails?

My prediction is that it will get a big yawn, and nothing else.

GrumpyOldFart on February 9, 2016 at 12:24 PM

“… Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Eat sh!t and bark at the moon democRATS…

tanked59 on February 9, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Government unions can be abolished by executive order.

Because an executive order legalized them…

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM

lol Your corruption and graft will be shot to hell. Yep – Lord help you – fat man.

AprilApple on February 9, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Greatest Trick that Private Sector (and Conservatives that cheer them on) has played on US workers has been to

1) Cut pay for Private Sector employees

2) Point to Public Sector Employees as the ‘bad guy’ because they are still earning a living wage.

It’s disgusting

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Lol. Chicago way, indeed.

NotCoach on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Shouldn’t he be saying “Gov. help us,”? The government is his God.

Flange on February 9, 2016 at 12:08 PM

It’s an acronym:

Government
Of
Democrats

Occams Stubble on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

This guy’s comments along with the VA disgrace should make a pretty good GOP ad in the general.

butch on February 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Combine it with the poll data that 25% of the federal bureaucracy would quit if Trump is elected, and you have one hell of a good Trump advert to run nationally.

Government unions can be abolished by executive order.

Because an executive order legalized them…

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Would love to see either Cruz or Trump make this a key campaign point – that they will decertify all federal public sector unions in order to hold federal bureaucrats responsible and accountable….just like those in the private sector are.

Athos on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

I can only conclude that he’s calling for a Theocracy.

/leftist reasoning

mankai on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Greatest Trick that Private Sector (and Conservatives that cheer them on) has played on US workers has been to

1) Cut pay for Private Sector employees

2) Point to Public Sector Employees as the ‘bad guy’ because they are still earning a living wage.

It’s disgusting

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

The public sector is paid by the private sector, and it’s paid with money that’s taken by force, that’s disgusting.

clearbluesky on February 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Government unions can be abolished by executive order.

Because an executive order legalized them…

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Pray tell, who is going to do that?

mankai on February 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Government employee union president: “God help us all” if the GOP wins

God help us all if the GOP doesn’t win. I’m sick of government employees who can’t get fired for incompetence and get back pay after they’re put on leave and milk the taxpayers for all of their goodies. I’m ready for Trump to say “you’re fired”.

cajunpatriot on February 9, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Headline of the day :)

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Every single union boss is big and fat with a head like a canned ham.
They represent the gluttony, sloth and greed that are the epitome of union labor.

Buttercup on February 9, 2016 at 12:10 PM

That was beautiful. Sheer poetry!

CurtZHP on February 9, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Indeed we DO need to get serious about this situation the country is in, that means kicking people off the taxpayer teet, including those useless morons that “work” for the government and the millions upon millions sucking the teet AND feeding at the trough filled by taxpayers.

Cut them all off and let them starve, but it wont be the GOPe that does it. It will take a Trump.

Smash the trough and cut off the teets. Kick out the illegals and send the feeders to work if they want to eat. It’s a good start.

Andy__B on February 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM

I really hope if the GOP wins, they purge every union thug out of government.

Iblis on February 9, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

They’re paid a wage to do what?

We rob from the private sector and from private sector wages to pay these creatures. Notice the people who run public housing don’t live in public housing. They live on the other side of the tracks, waiting to retire at 55 to a 99% pension and full benefits… paid for by the middle class.

mankai on February 9, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Not sure what unions would be worried about, they have lifetime jobs complete with built-in raises, and the GOPe has no intention of curbing spending.

antipc on February 9, 2016 at 12:38 PM

You know, it’s time to go back to Grover Cleveland and the civil service. The whole Spoils system was abolished for a good reason.

But now we know that the civil service has become immune to the people. If you can’t fire a hospital person because they are killing the patients (something democrats support, of course. More dead people the better!), then what accountability is there in government? I say, elect Cruz, abolish the Civil Service, fire the whole government, then rehire a bunch of Republicans (rather, Tea Party members), then put the Civil Service rules making it impossible to fire people back into place in December before a Democrat wins the presidency.

Make them experience a Federal government that hates them and sabotages them.

Vanceone on February 9, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Government unions can be abolished by executive order.

Because an executive order legalized them…

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Would love to see either Cruz or Trump make this a key campaign point – that they will decertify all federal public sector unions in order to hold federal bureaucrats responsible and accountable….just like those in the private sector are.

Athos on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Decertify the unions, void the contracts, fire them all and make them re-apply for their jobs. Only re-hire the very best. Put in incentive programs that tie raises to SPENDING LESS MONEY in their department.

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 12:39 PM

My ex-husband(my son’s dad) is UBER conservative…except when it comes to unions. He’s a full-bore union shill in Hellinois. He supporting Sanders.
Nevermind that he doesn’t agree with ‘Bern’ on ANYTHING except his view of unions.
The unions are all that counts.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM

America’s industrialists are laughing as they drive to the bank as US citizens are turning against each other.

Instead they should be focused on the corporate elite that prioritizes short term profitability over long term business sustainability and value creation.

It’s easy to blame the public sector employee, who is getting similar compensation to what he received a decade or two ago. In the meantime you are missing private companies that slash jobs to pad quarterly stock earnings without concern for the future.

Sickening

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:43 PM

They live on the other side of the tracks, waiting to retire at 55 to a 99% pension and full benefits… paid for by the middle class.

We are in agreement about losers like this. These jokers give public employees a bad name. Many work hard and want to do well in their job. I do agree that retirement at 55 at 99% pension (and variations of this) does a huge dis-service to the community.

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:47 PM

The public sector is paid by the private sector, and it’s paid with money that’s taken by force, that’s disgusting.

clearbluesky on February 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Careful. You’re gonna give Chicky a chub.

CurtZHP on February 9, 2016 at 12:48 PM

This person looks like EPA McCarthy’s sis bro sibling. All in the family right?

Marcola on February 9, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:43 PM

The “corporate elites” love regulation because it strangles competition.

They don’t want to compete on a level field. They want hurdles to enter the market and hurdles to function.

mankai on February 9, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Ban all gov’t unions immediately on January 21,2017.
Appoint job assessment panels for every department and every agency.
Time for Uncle Sammy to put up or shut up. Prove you are necessary or out the door you go.

phadras on February 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Government “unions.” Lobbying with taxpayer money to get more taxpayer money.

Why don’t one of you progressives tell me why this is proper.

Someone tell me why this shouldn’t be unconstitutional. That would be one amendment I could stand behind. Let’s make it the 19th amendment.

Nomennovum on February 9, 2016 at 1:01 PM

What were the veterans benefits increases last year?

“2016 VA disability rates are the same as 2015 as the inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration showed a negative inflation rate.”

Viator on February 9, 2016 at 1:04 PM

“This country union of parasites will be in a serious, serious situation.”

Fixed

widget on February 9, 2016 at 1:05 PM

“God help us”? Hah! Like the fear of God ever really enters his consciousness.

Cleombrotus on February 9, 2016 at 1:11 PM

opening “a can of whoop ass” on Capitol Hill to ward off any perceived

OMG, AP will be so offended by that coarse language.

oh, it didn’t come from a Trump rally? oh well, then he does not care.

Senator Philip Bluster on February 9, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Why do “public sector” employees need any raise at all?

The Social Security Admin. has determined that there has been NO increase in the cost of living (via the Consumer Price Index).

So, since it costs no more to live this year than last; and since the government wants so badly to save money (lol)….just don’t give the government employees a raise this year.

That would have the added benefit of causing a bunch of them to find other jobs….thereby saving even more money.

:p

Solaratov on February 9, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Why do “public sector” employees need any raise at all?

The Social Security Admin. has determined that there has been NO increase in the cost of living (via the Consumer Price Index).

Retired folk haven’t gotten a raise for the last 2-3 years. Why should public sector employees? The same math is used for both. ??

avagreen on February 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM

There’s so much distance, now, between people who vote and people who actually pay taxes that the anger over hard-to-fire Government workers being paid by taxpayers leading to fear of a wave of angry voters striking back is so vast it doesn’t even matter anymore.

Voters who are on the government dole are starting to surpass actual contributors to society such that more handouts and the status-quo continuing is harder and harder to fight.

And thus we have the popularity of Trump who says a lot of things many of the makers in the country are thinking, finally. Whether Trump sticks to his rhetoric who knows, but at least a candidate is breaking through the political distortion field and look at how popular that act has become.

Maybe more people will take Trump’s lead and start saying what is needed, not what is popular or PC going forward.

Neo on February 9, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Is he afraid that some government employees might lose their jobs? They might as well experience what many members of the American public have experienced.

grumpyank on February 9, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Federal employee unions are really superfluous, because they have never had real collective bargaining rights. Federal employment, pay levels, and benefits are governed by the Civil Service laws. The only thing they do is raise and give money to political campaigns, which is the on thing PEU’s should be outlawed from doing at any level.

rockmom on February 9, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

It is the left that spent years demanding that big banks make bad risk loans, and then demanded the taxpayer bail out those big banks when those loans turned out to be, indeed, bad risks.

It is the left that is consistantly trying to regulate small businesses out of existence.

It is the left whose activists have gone to Mom-and-pop shops all over the country and tried to put the owners out of business (and/or send them to jail) for acting overly Christian on the job.

It is the left that demands the taxpayers foot the bill for “infrastructure investments” that consistently go to big businesses with unionized labor forces, consistently go over budget, and consistently never really end, ever. The loss of buying power represented by that tax burden goes on without end.

It is the left that steals the buying power of the currency via the minimum wage merry-go-round, where minimum wage rises, all other wages rise in response, and everybody’s right back where they started only with higher prices and higher inflation. That merry-go-round is the main reason why “minimum A-to-B transportation” costs more than 10 times as much now as it did half a century ago.

It is the left that is trying to make energy prices skyrocket. Who do you think that hits, anyway?

It’s the left that demands that the middle class pay the lower class to stay home and have babies instead of working. Or did you not realize that’s what welfare does?

You were saying?

GrumpyOldFart on February 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM

The left is invoking God now?

Meremortal on February 9, 2016 at 1:49 PM

The only thing they do is raise and give money to political campaigns, which is the on thing PEU’s should be outlawed from doing at any level.

rockmom on February 9, 2016 at 1:41 PM

PEU’s purpose to exist is to be a “Democrat Party tax” on every taxpayer dollar spent.

ConstantineXI on February 9, 2016 at 1:51 PM

no worries, the GOP will grow big govt just like the liberals

burserker on February 9, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Commenters who want to argue for the rights and benefits of Federal government workers aren’t going to get very far when the example of Jeffrey Neely and the re-instated VA employees is so near to hand.
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Jeffrey Neely is the Federal equivalent of “Bathtub Boy.” The only function of Federal Government Workers Unions is to protect their employment, provide funds for union bosses, and have legal representation for cases where the employee has been held accountable for incompetence and/or malfeasance.
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Chicago Way is defending and protecting Jeffrey Neely? Dumb.

ExpressoBold on February 9, 2016 at 2:20 PM

He makes good sense. Representing the government workers only God can help them if the GOP wins. This should be used by the GOP in advertising. The USA should be a 100% right-to-work country.

tej on February 9, 2016 at 2:20 PM

A big reason they don’t like when GOP comes in, is that suddenly after the unions, government workers and administration bosses all being on the same political page, suddenly the new government installs ‘Political appointees” who are really the new bosses, who tell everyone what to do. Goverment party employees never call democrat officials political appointees, they just call them by their first name.

Like oil and water, this does not mix.

When Pataki was made governor, there were rogue employees all over NYS government ignoring their bosses. Spending money however they liked instead of following new orders and cuts, and I am going to think that NYS can’t be an outlier, the libs think they own government, the workers are all from the party and are working toward the lib goals. They see progress as liberals define progress; when they are told to save money, they cut anything they can cut that is a priority, and leave that hanging to make a fuss.
They don’t come in to work as often…and boy do they have vacation time stored up for a rainy day.

It is a very different thing to be a conservative government running liberal employees, than a lib government running the lib employees.

It is wrong that we have a Party of Government, and therefore, ending the unionization would help a lot.

I would also suggest, with the median income dropping from 2008 to 2016, that we roll back a lot of the numbers to wherever they were in 2008, including getting rid of all the people hired to do Obamacare, and see how much money that saves.

No one except the government unions (state federal local) has had raises since 2008, they are either flat or in retrograde.

And statistically when one group of people, like the government workers here, have had raises, and the median income in the country has still gone down, this means that the other working people have lost even more.

And government unions prop up the situation where they hire a lot of entry level workers to do nothing…because they are the next on the list, but not really good at whatever it is, and then they have to hire more REAL workers to do the work that the plebes can’t do, but they don’t ever get fired. Obama was going to hire bunches and bunches of government translators, to sit all day and wait to translate work that might never come.

And finally the government union lets them do political work, promoting political work, on workdays, and lets them skip work to do it. You think I am crazy, but it is true, they get a days pay, but can go campaigning….campaigning is prohibited on the job, we all know that *winky* winky* so they have to go away from the office to do it.

Federal Contractors cannot even give a donation to the presidential candidate of their choice.

Fleuries on February 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM

So out of curiosity how much in raises are the military getting? It isn’t anywhere near what this asswipe Cox is asking for. He and the rest of the garbage he represents aren’t fit to shine the military’s shoes.

bbinfl on February 9, 2016 at 2:37 PM

He’s scared because there should be no unions for public workers. It is the prime reason incompetent and other undesirable workers are protected from being fired. This adds a lot to government waste.

TerryW on February 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Federal Contractors cannot even give a donation to the presidential candidate of their choice.

Fleuries on February 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM

That’s just not true – and I’ve been a DoD contractor since 1987.

The rest of your post was all good though.

dentarthurdent on February 9, 2016 at 3:36 PM

It’s worse than that. It’s also an announcement that if a Republican gets elected, a lot of the people who supposedly work to enact his policies will in fact be working hard to undermine his authority and effectiveness.

Leftists were up in arms over the idea that the minority party in Congress would “hope the President fails.” Anybody care to guess what the reaction will be to a majority of the federal workforce actively trying to make sure the President fails?

My prediction is that it will get a big yawn, and nothing else.

GrumpyOldFart on February 9, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 PM

It is the left that spent years demanding that big banks make bad risk loans, and then demanded the taxpayer bail out those big banks when those loans turned out to be, indeed, bad risks.

It is the left that is consistantly trying to regulate small businesses out of existence.

You were saying?

GrumpyOldFart on February 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM

On a roll today.

AesopFan on February 9, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Fleuries on February 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Excellent take-down of the Left.

Why do “public sector” employees need any raise at all?

The Social Security Admin. has determined that there has been NO increase in the cost of living (via the Consumer Price Index).

Retired folk haven’t gotten a raise for the last 2-3 years. Why should public sector employees? The same math is used for both. ??

avagreen on February 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Maybe we should set Federal employment totals at no more than the proportional rate of employment in the private sector.

AesopFan on February 9, 2016 at 4:54 PM

You know, it’s time to go back to Grover Cleveland and the civil service. The whole Spoils system was abolished for a good reason…

Vanceone on February 9, 2016 at 12:38 PM

The Civil Service was supposed to replace an openly partisan system of sweeping out all officials and employees whenever the party in charge changed. It made employment unstable and departments inefficient, because of turn-over when parties changed frequently; it made corruption entrenched when they didn’t.

However, at this point we have a covertly partisan Civil Service that doesn’t change with administrations, and is thus corrupt, but is immune from dismissal, so is ineffective as well. Worst of both worlds IMO.

This is referring to leadership that can manipulate its perks, not the rank-and-file that tries to do a good job. The Union layer just amplifies the negative aspects. Curious how FDR was the Perfect Progressive President except for that bit about abhorring public unions.

AesopFan on February 9, 2016 at 5:06 PM

I can only conclude that he’s calling for a Theocracy.

/leftist reasoning

mankai on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

That would certainly be the bullycry if a Republican had said it.

AesopFan on February 9, 2016 at 5:07 PM

It’s easy to blame the public sector employee, who is getting similar compensation to what he received a decade or two ago.
Chicago Way on February 9, 2016 at 12:43 PM

So you don’t understand the difference between the starting wage for a GS-11 step 1 being the same for a decade and an individual who started as a GS-11 step 1 a decade ago is now a GS-13 or GS-14 making twice as much as when he started?
That’s just standard leftist garbage math and lies.

dentarthurdent on February 9, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Biggest mistake was to let the liberal, destructive scumbags to unionize.

RdLake on February 9, 2016 at 5:48 PM

The Inner Party has spoken. We must not allow a rebellion to upset the Inner Party gravy train. Send them all to Room 101.

allstonian on February 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM

You are the enemy of my nation, Mr. Cox.

Rusty Nail on February 9, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Big fat leech.

CWforFreedom on February 9, 2016 at 6:51 PM

“God help us all,” Cox told reporters on Monday of the possibility of a Republican winning the White House to succeed President Obama. “This country will be in a serious, serious situation.”

Yeah. Like we aren’t right now.I’ve never fully understood how a Government Employee Union is not a conflict of interest – both figuratively and literally.

ghostwalker1 on February 9, 2016 at 6:59 PM

“God help us all,”

God forbid we should run the govt efficiently, eliminate waste, or try to keep a budget.

Greedy bastages only care about their gravy train. Screw the country.

Oxymoron on February 9, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Given the Republican Party can not be trusted to do the right thing, I can’t imagine why these employee unions are afraid of a Republican getting elected. If it were me, I’d decertify every single government employee union, simple as that. However, they’re lucky it’s not me because I doubt the Republican Party will do the right thing.

I feel this is why the IRS Scandal has been dragging so long, you have union employees protecting a Democrat administration and the problem is they’re everywhere. If you can’t trust the Democrats, how on earth can you believe you can trust union folk who are beholden to them?

bflat879 on February 9, 2016 at 7:12 PM

I fondly recall asking my federal employee friends, after listening to them gripe on and on about how President Bush wasn’t looking after them, “Did you vote for him?”

Knott Buyinit on February 9, 2016 at 7:53 PM

The LTBGU (Life Time Bennifits Goon Union) might have to work an honast day,God Forbid!

IXXINY on February 9, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Wow. Unaccountable Fed Union members hate him. Journalist hate him.Democrats hate him.

Now I see why the nation is getting behind him…..

ruttles on February 10, 2016 at 1:02 PM